New York QS Show&Tell #3 – Recap

NY QS #3 at Smart DesignLast week we had our largest turnout yet for the NY QS Show&Tell #3. Here is a recap with links.

Smart DesignFirst, a special thanks to our hosts Cindy Hanson and Colin Kelly of Smart Design who not only provided us with a spectacular space but treated the group to some very smart snacks and drinks. They are doing some great work humanizing technology in fields like aging and healthcare and they also design all those great OXO products.

Tracking To Meet Goals
KibotzerBethany Soule showed us her pet project, a tool that lets people track their progress toward all sorts of goals. The first graph was autogenerated from data collected at her computer using a few time tracking sites including Rescue Time and Slife Labs. The next graph was weight data generated from her Withings WiFi body scale. At the end she showed us an example mashup of Kibotzer and EtherPad being used by a couple of folks to write a novel for the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. (Bethany’s presentation on Vimeo)

Your Every Move
Josh Schiffman walked us through a couple of demonstration projects that were built using the Xtify API. There’s SeeMyWhere which shares your phone’s location to record where you are right now and there’s MyEveryMove which is more of a diary of where you’ve been and where you’ve spent your time. Xtify is building these apps to find out if we can learn something interesting about ourselves once we know how we spend our time and energy. (Josh’s presentation on Vimeo)

Things We Can’t Measure
Rest of YouDan O’Sullivan walked us through a fascinating class he teaches at NYU-ITP called “The Rest of You” where students try and quantify things that are more unconscious and less intentional. Dan talked about how we all operate under the illusion that we’re seeing everything when in fact we’re only seeing a small slice of reality. How do we get around seeing things that we can’t measure? To understand ourselves better, how do we quantify those missing things?

One husband and wife team tracked their galvanic skin response as they watched a movie together. They discovered that their responses were very different at points in the movie but also very similar at other times. (Dan’s presentation on Vimeo)

What Did You Have For Lunch 2 Days Ago?
logo_eatly.pngSam Huleatt, Mike Singleton and Eric Friedman showed us their dead simple, lightweight tool called for tracking what you eat by using your phone’s camera and email. Take a picture of what you’re eating and email it to –if you see what you ate 2 days ago, it could have an impact of what you decide to eat today or tomorrow.

Lots of good suggestions from the group about measuring emotions at the same time, sharing your visual food diary with a nutritionist and so on. A great tool, check it out. (Sam, Mike and Eric’s presentation on Vimeo.)

Your Personal Genome
23andMeEsther Dyson, a volunteer in the Personal Genome Project, shared with us her personal genome on 23andMe, a company that genotypes your DNA. What was particularly interesting was a new feature that 23andMe is rolling out called Relative Finder which lets you find people with whom you might share a small section of a genome. (Esther’s presentation on Vimeo.)

Although we ran out of time, we will have Garfield back to present self quantifying iPhone apps and Google spreadsheets implementations and David Roddenberry from HealthyWage, a company that pays people to lose weight.

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3 Responses to New York QS Show&Tell #3 – Recap

  1. Gary Wolf says:

    Wow – tremendous presentations. Congratulations Steve and New York QS’ers.

  2. Taz Delaney says:

    saw times article and interesting site; wil attend meeting here in NYC.
    i’ve been religiously keeping a dream journal since i was 14 in 1968 and an odd events journal less religiously, since 1973. ittook a long time to getthese entered into computer when got first macintosh in 1986, but worth it, even though it was massive collection of scrawled notes.
    digital enables searches and measurments but quantifiedself tips me off to thinking about more ways to measure and track, thanks. the dream journal is now some 1400 pages and the odd events journal 300 or so. that may not seem like a lot for 42 years of dreams but don’t remember dreams every morning and most dreams can be written in a few lines, though not all. the quantity has gradually increased over time to right at 50 pages a year now.
    will say that what i’ve learned about dreams blows apart the typical theories and spychiatric nonsense about them, as well as trashing the various ‘dream interpretation’ methods. dream life is far richer tha these imagine which indicates a widespread denial as to the dream state. that’s odd considering we have 4-5 dream periods a night.
    likewise ‘odd events.’ while shrinks would call much of that ‘apophenia’ (the finding of meaning where there is none.), with hundreds of incidents so bizarre they defy such minimization; it is psychiatry which sees no meaningwhere there is so much of it. and they probably prescribe some of their world’s worst drugs for this ‘mental illness. they crucified the philosopher kierkegaard for his obsession with synchronicity, for example.
    the act of starting to write down your dreams or odd events opens the area up to viewing and it grows. much of my life as a multimedia artist bears on having started the dream journal.
    i’m interested to develop a method of estimating distance of comparative out of body experiences. anyone got any ideas?
    taz delaney

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